English film writer Peter Morgan is the mastermind behind three films on the political career of Tony Blair. The Deal examines how Tony Blair managed to take the leadership of the Labour Party away from Gordon Brown. The Queen looks at PM Blair’s relationship with Queen Elizabeth II during the public drama surrounding the death of Princess Diana. And The Special Relationship explores the growth of the relationship between Tony Blair and Bill Clinton.
Morgan is a leftist critic of Blair with an unsympathetic view of the former Prime Minister. That comes out clearly in the first film. However, when placed against figures who appear to be even vulnerable when compared to Blair–Queen Elizabeth and President Clinton–the character looks stronger in the next two films.
Much to my delight, Morgan has said that he has another Tony Blair film in him, which is excellent news — I think that a final film that explores Blair’s commitment to President Bush would be a superb piece of work. Tony Blair as the moral crusader is seen in the end of the third film, where Blair says after the successful ouster of Milosovich: “Let no one ever doubt again the moral justification for invading another country for humanitarian ends.” The film then ends with Clinton warning Blair about working with the Bush administration, and then there is the actual footage of the the first press conference between Bush and Blair in early 2001. When seen after the warm and human relationship with Clinton, the first Bush meeting looks like an uncomfortable and wooden event. Seeing it in as a televised drama would add depth and an understandable narrative to a complicated relationship.